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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 , $10, 8 p.m., Thursday, May 7 Sean Bonnette, front man of Phoenix-based folk-punk outfit Andrew Jackson Jihad, performs a solo set Thursday at the Avenue Café. Bonnette formed Andrew Jackson Jihad in 2004 and has since toured the cou...
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
In 1898, Lansing became home to an eponymous brewery on Turner Street. It closed 16 years later, and for more than a century the brand lay dormant. But like a kaiju roused from slumber by a nuclear detonation, so re-emerges the name Lansing Brewing Co., summoned by a seemingly insatiable local taste for craft beer.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Survive and advance

Joshua Davis advances to the top five on ´The Voice´

by Ty Forquer
Michigan folk music took center stage Monday night on “The Voice.” While Joshua Davis’ performances propelled him into the top five on Tuesday’s results show, a surprising nod to the Mitten State came from competitor Sawyer Fredericks. Fredericks’ intimate rendition of “Shine On,” written by northern Michigan’s May Erlewine, impressed the judges — and apparently the shows´s viewers, who pushed the single to the No. 3 spot on Tuesday’s iTunes singles charts.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

A spirited endeavor

LANSING’S FIRST DISTILLERY COMES TO THE STADIUM DISTRICT

by Ty Forquer
In a bar scene awash in craft beers and microbrews, American Fifth Spirits is trying to bring cocktail culture to downtown Lansing, opening its new tasting room — and Lansing’s first distillery. The distillery opened its tasting room doors April 23, and faced its first major test on April 25 as Beerfest at the Ballpark drew an extra 3,300 people to the adjacent Cooley Law School Stadium. Many of the attendees decided to check out the new tasting room while they were in the area. “It was trial by fire to say the least,” said Rick Wyble, president of American Fifth Spirits.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Let’s get digital

Tim Barron launches new online morning radio show

by Ty Forquer
After a nearly two-month hiatus, one of Lansing’s best-known radio voices has returned to the airwaves. But this time, Tim Barron’s voice is being delivered to the masses not through a radio waves, but through computer modems, wifi hotspots and cell phone towers. The longtime L...
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Animal circus

Friday, May 8

by Ty Forquer
Things are going to get pretty hairy on stage at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center Friday. Literally. The stage, usually reserved for dance performances and Broadway musicals, will be overrun by furry, four-legged entertainers as the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater presents an evening of animal attractions.
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Monday, May 4,2015

Beginning of the end

(SCENE) Metrospace agreement seems to be near completion

by Ty Forquer
MONDAY, MAY 4 — An agreement between the City of East Lansing and MSU’s Art, Art History and Design department to turn curatorial control of (SCENE) Metrospace over to the university seems to be nearing completion, with a vote on the agreement expected later this month.
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Friday, May 1,2015

Summer fun(ds)

Area groups receive funds for summer camp scholarships

by Ariel Rogers
FRIDAY, MAY 1 — Summer camps are a great way for youth to learn, gain skills and make friends, but paying for those camps can be a tough hurdle for many families to clear. This summer, many Greater Lansing youth in financial need will get a chance to attend camps through the Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s Young Creatives Program.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Making good, flying home

Wharton Center gig is a homecoming for drummer Lawrence Leathers

by Lawrence Cosentino
When earthy, brainy, playful 26-yearold vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant hits the Wharton Center´s Pasant Theatre tonight, she’ll be in good, and appreciative, company. Lansing-born drummer Lawrence Leathers, now a deeply dug-in denizen of the New York jazz scene, is an awestruck fan as well as a collaborator.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Alone together

Rodney Whitaker is fine company ‘When We Find Ourselves Alone’

by Lawrence Cosentino
There is a beautiful paradox in the title of bassist Rodney Whitaker´s new album, “When We Find Ourselves Review Alone.” Whitaker is a singular artist in a plural universe. As a bassist, Whitaker is at the top of his art, but his instrument almost always puts him in harness to a group. As the director of jazz studies at MSU, teacher and mentor to a generation of young jazz artists, community builder in East Lansing and family man with seven children, he has chosen a path that is anything but lonely.
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